Baa Baas? coach in despair

By TANIA PHILLIPS

DISAPPOINTED Coolangatta-Tweed Barbarians coach David Proctor could not bear to watch the end of his team's Gold Coast and District Rugby Union game against Bond at Goodwin Park, Coolangatta on Saturday.

The coach left before the end of the match which his team lost 67-0 to the fourth-placed Bond.

But it wasn't the loss but the way they lost that broke the heart of the coach, a 40-year veteran of playing and coaching the sport.

"Their hearts just weren't in it," Proctor said. It was an echo of his sentiments after last week's big loss to Palm Beach Currumbin - a team they had beaten just three weeks earlier.

"It was hardly even worth playing."

Proctor believed the suspension of key-playmaker Afa Sauia and run-ins with referees throughout the season had contributed to the performance against Palm Beach.

However yesterday he said his players couldn't keep blaming referees and that they had to take some responsibility for the onfield performances.

He said it looked as though the players were just "playing out the rest of the season and not giving a stuff about anything".

"They have lost enthusiasm," he said.

"It is not the club it is the players.

"We are going through a really bad patch but they are not helping themselves by not turning up to training, by arguing constantly with the referees and by all those other little things."

Despite two big losses in a row, the Baa Baas are still in fifth position.

Meanwhile their near-neighbours Palm Beach kept themselves in second spot with a 58-10 win over Helensvale.

Coach Craig Alexander said it was a much tougher game than the scoreline showed with his team having to work hard for the points. Fullback Braidon Boniface ran in three tries.



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